The Grammar of Identity
One of the distinct features of the discourse of Poland in the German town of Guben is to do with the way in which the inhabitants of Guben pronounce the name of their neighbours’ town across the river: Gubin. As ‘GUben’, the word ‘GUbin’, in Polish, is also pronounced with the stress on the first syllable. And yet, in Guben, one is hard pushed to hear anyone pronouncing it in such a way. Mostly, Germans from Guben pronounce the name of the neighbouring town ‘GuBIN’, with the stress on the last syllable.
KeywordsIdentity Construction Linguistic Resource German Woman Person Plural Neighbouring Town
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